ANN ARBOR – You may know her as Conrad the Unicorn, but award-winning local balloon artist Carolynn Hayman creates so much more than her signature mythical creature.
On Thursday, the owner of Pop! Designs & Creations participated in an international effort called “One Million Bubbles of Joy” in which more than 200 balloon artists from around the world livestreamed the making of their colorful creations to brighten their followers’ day during the global COVID-19 outbreak.
For her part, Hayman created a bright rainbow balloon column with smiley faces on it for her 63,000 Facebook followers. Later, she displayed the balloon art on her front porch for neighbors to enjoy at a safe distance.
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“Even as I was just starting to add some colorful balloons to my column, I had people walking by and saying how pretty they were," said Hayman in a statement. “Once the column was on display with the smiley characters, it drew attention from everyone going by, and some people took photos and shared the location with their friends who might be out. It was really nice to see the reactions.”
“With all the fear and uncertainty going on in the world right now, I felt like we had to do something,” Steven Jones, project leader of Balloon Designers in Seattle, Washington, said in a statement. “Balloons make people happy in ways nothing else does, so if working balloon professionals cannot make people smile right now, who really can?”